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ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great nation. i thank my colleagues in the mississippi delegation and the 114th congress for their support of h.r. 5309, to designate facility of the united states postal service located in 401 mcelroy drive in oxford, mississippi, as the army first lieutenant donald c. carwile post office building. this small gesture will honor his memory and will serve as a reminder to the community and his family of first lieutenant carwile's selfless service and sacrifice for our freedom. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield back and urge passage of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. hist heist mr. speaker -- mr. hice: mr. speaker, i yield back and urge passage of the bill. the clerk: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5309.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. hice: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5591. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5591, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 810 north u.s. highway 83 in zapata, texas, as the zapata veterans post office the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. hice, and the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. hice: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks
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and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hice: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 5591, introduced by representative henry cuellar, to designate the post office located in zapata, texas, as the zapata veterans post office. our veterans deserve to be recognized every day, and we as a house of representatives express our sincerest appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifices in the name of preserving our freedoms that we enjoy as americans. i look forward to learning more about the heroic exploits of veterans from zapata, texas, from the sponsor of the bill, representative cuellar. i urge members to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for such time. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i am
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pleased to support h.r. 5591, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 810 north u.s. highway 83 in zapata, texas, as the zapata veterans post office and yield such time as he may consume to my good friend, representative cuellar, the author of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. cuellar: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to say first of all that i rise in support of h.r. 5591, which designates the facility of the united states postal service in zapata as the zapata veterans post office. i like to thank chairman chaffetz and ranking member cummings for their leadership and their support on this bill and, of course, the staff on both the majority and minority side. i especially want to thank, also, the chairman, also, the
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managing member from georgia, mr. hice, for his kind words to the veterans in zapata and my friend, also, the gentlewoman from d.c., eleanor norton, also, both of them for their leadership and thank you so much for the work that you've done. zapata is the county -- zapata county is the home of 503 veterans, according to our u.s. census. it's imperative we honor services, the service and dedication of those veterans in zapata to our nation. dedicating this post office in zapata to the zapata veterans will serve as a constant reminder of the sacrifice that our friends and our neighbors and the families have made while serving our country. today, i particularly want to acknowledge the sacrifice of those veterans in zapata county. these are veterans who put country ahead of self for whom i'm proud to recognize and dedicating the zapata postal
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facility in their name. as an example, heroic actions of some in zapata, let me mention the six trevino honorably o served for a combined 15 1/2 years in our armed services during world war ii before they returned home to zapata. despite the many hardship that these brothers faced, six of them, they were able to overcome whatever obstacle was put before them. among the many acts of bravery, they fearlessly took down enemy planes, protected fellow soldiers, using their bodies as shields. their courage and dedication to our nation demonstrate what those six brothers and the other veterans that we have in zapata really means to be an american. this, again, are just an example of the veterans that made the countless sacrifices
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for their country in the face of danger. i'd also like to thank the veteran service office in zapata for their work in caring for the veterans in zapata. again, there are many organizations. using the words of john f. kennedy, as we express our gratitude we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to other words but to live by them, and this bill allows us to show our appreciation and makes sure that their service and the sacrifice to our country is not forgotten. so, again, i want to thank, mr. speaker, both the chairman and the ranking member and, again, ms. norton, also, and mr. issa, also, and of course the staff that have worked so hard and i want to thank them. at this time i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i'd like to make delegate norton aware i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized to close debate on this bill. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i want to only conclude by requesting that the house pass this bill and rename the post office in zapata, texas, to commemorate the men and women whose brave acts and selfless deeds have preserved our american freedom. urge passage of 5591 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized to close debate. mr. hice: mr. speaker, i appreciate the work from the gentleman and urge passage of this bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5591. those in favor will say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. hice: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5676. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5676, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 6300 n. northwest highway in chicago, illinois, as the officer joseph p. cali ost office building. -- 6300 north northwest highway in chicago, illinois, as the officer joseph p. corrali post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. hice, and the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, each will control 0 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. hice: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hice: mr. speaker, i rise
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today in support of h.r. 5676, introduced by representative quigley, to designate a post office in chicago, illinois, as the officer joseph p. corrali post office building. -- cali post office building. officer corrali capeably served the united states in vietnam before becoming a police officer in chicago. tragically, he was murdered by a sniper while on the job in may of 1975. the city of chicago has honored his legacy by dedicating the street on which he lived to his service. i look forward to learning more about officer corrali from the sponsor -- cali from the sponsor of the bill, mr. quigley, and i urge adoption of this bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for such time. ms. norton: i'm pleased to to rt h.r. 5676, a bill
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designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 6300 north northwest highway in chicago, illinois, as the officer joseph p. cali post office building, and now i'm pleased to yield such time as he may consume to my good friend, representative quigley, the author of this legislation and a member of the committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from georgia and the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. today, i come before you in strong support of h.r. 5676, to designate the post office located at 6300 north northwest highway in chicago, illinois, as the officer joseph p. cali post office building. it is with great honor that i seek to designate this postal facility in my district in memory of officer cali, a hero who dedicated his life to protecting the people of
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chicago. before joining the force in 1973, officer cali enlisted in the united states army and valiantly served our country in vietnam. after returning from vietnam, officer cali continued his service to his country and community by joining the chicago police force. in just two years as an officer, officer cali received five honorable mention awards and two letters of commendation, a remarkable accomplishment in such a short period of time. while working on his day off in may of 1975, officer cali was tragically murdered by a sniper during a routine traffic stop. he was only 31 years old when he was tragically killed and was survived by his wife and two young daughters, jennifer and caroline. officer cali's incredible effort to protect and serve the
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people of chicago with humility and perseverance will always be remembered. i hope that this post office can stand in officer cali's name to memorialize his courage and his dedication to the city of chicago and his country. i urge my fellow colleagues to support this bill to honor his memory and his sacrifice. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: mr. speaker, i'd like to make delegate norton aware that i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is prepared to close. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i want only to endorse the remarks of my good friend, mr. quigley, and to indicate we should pass this bill to memorialize officer cali and inspire others through his legacy of respect and kindness and community service. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized to close debate.
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mr. hice: i also want to thank representative quigley for his fine work on this bill. i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time having now expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5676. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. hice: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the 5889. nd pass h.r. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. 5889, a bill to 889, a designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1 chalan kanoa v.l.g. in saipan, northern mariana islands, as the segundo t. sablan and cnmi fallen military heroes post office uilding.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. hice, and the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. hice: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hice: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 5889, introduced by delegate sablan, to designate the post office located in saipan, northern mariana islands, as the segundo t. sablan and cnmi fallen military heroes post office building. segundo sablan assisted u.s. forces during world war ii as they fought to take control of the island of saipan from the japanese. after the war ended, mr. sablan was appointed by the navy to
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handle postal services for the northern mariana islands. he was named first postmaster for saipan soon after. i look forward to learning more about is he gunneda sablan from the author of the bill, agree gregorio sablan, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for such time. ms. norton: i rise in support to .r. 5889, a bill designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1 chalan kanoa v.l.g. in saipan, northern mariana islands, as the segundo t. sablan and cnmi fallen military heroes post office uilding. . fallen heroes military post office building. i yield to representative
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sablan, the author of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from from the northern marianas is recognized. mr. sablan: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 5889 a bill to designate the united states postal facility located at chalan ca knowa village in saipan, as the segundo sablan. the first native of saipan appointed a united states post master and the bill honors the servicemen and women who lost their lives while serving our great country during this war on terror. segundo sablan was born on may 27, 1919 on saipan. shortly after the united states'
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victory over the japanese during a ld war ii he was among install group, the indingous people sleggetted by the united states military to serve asthma reensouts for the police military battle. his knowledge made him suited for the task of searching the island, caves and jungles for japanese holdouts responsible for attacks on american soldiers. in 1951, he was appointed the depirs united states post master had ipan by the time responsibility for the northern marianas under the united nations agreement known as the trust territory of the pacific islands. a dedicated possess master he ed his home for postal
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operations. and neglected his farm to ensure families received their mails. encrypted injuries back made it impossible for him to carry out the tasks and he resigned as post master in 1961. he post office name will honor sons and daughters. the people of the northern marianas have a past history of military service that began we were officially a part of the united states and continues to this day. we lost 20 young men and women to the wars in iraq and afghanistan alone. i hope that knowing their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten and bring measure of comfort to families and friends. i'm grateful to the chairman and ranking member on the committee of oversight and government
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reform for their work moving this bill through the process and i'm grateful to the gentleman from georgia and the gentlelady from the district of columbia for their time and effort in managing today's bill. i offer a special thanks to the family who provided information about the life of this leader, their father, for their support of this legislation. want to thank the veterans of foreign wars and the post commander, senior vice commander and departmental quarter master depor their endorsement. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i would like delegate norton to know i have no further speakers and prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: we should pass this
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bill in memory of segundo sablan and his dedicated career to the united states postal service. i have no further speakers and urge the passage of h.r. 5889 and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from district of columbia yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i urge adoption of this bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia has yielded back. all time having now expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5889. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. hice: i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.
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5356. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to designate the fa sit of the united states ostal service located at 14231 tx-150 in coldspring texas as the e. marie youngblood post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia and the gentlewoman from district of columbia each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. hice: i yield myself such time as i may consume. and i ask unanimous consent that members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and exclude extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hice: i rise in support of h.r. 5356 introduced by representative brady to designate the post office loathed in coldspring, texas as
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the e. mariey youngblood post office. she worked for the u.s. postal service in southeast texas. her life was tragically cut short while serving her community by delivering mail on may 17, 2013. i look forward to learning more about mrs. youngblood from the sponsor of the bill, representative prayedy. i urge members to support this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from reserves. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pleased to support h.r. 5356 to designate the facility of the united states postal service 14231 texas 150 in
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coldspring, texas, as the e. marie youngblood post office. she served as a rural letter rrier and as -- and worked tirelessly to deliver mail to southeast texas. which otherwise where texans would have had to travel many miles. she was well known and well loved on her route for her friendly nature and willingness to go out of her way. she was shot and killed on her mail route leaving behind a husband, two sons and two grandchildren. mr. speaker, we should pass this bill to remember her and celebrate the lives she touched through her loving and committed service to the community and to the united states postal
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service. . urge the passage of h.r. 5356 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i yield three minutes to the sponsor of the bill, a good friend and great leader around here, the gentleman from texas, mr. brady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. brady: i rise today to talk about an amazing constituent of mine and the cold spring, texas post office in her honor. marie youngblood was born in houston, 1961. when her family moved to shepard when she was in junior high and found her calling in smalltown tech as life. she fell in love with george, the man who would become her
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husband. marie and george waysed two wonderful sons who are blessed with children of their own. marie relished being a grandmother and spent every moment she could with her grandchildren. throughout her life, her loving personality drew people to her whether helping clients, serving hungry customers soul food or delivering the mail on her rural mail route, she always put others first. her devotion to pleasant valley baptist church was limitless as what her deep and abiding faith in the lord. through her dedication to the people around her, marie chose to serve as a rural letter carrier. every day, she loaded her specialized jeep with letters and packages to texans who would have had to travel many miles. she was so well known on her route, her customers stopped her to chat as she made deliveries.
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tragically on this route she loved and where she was loved that her life was cut short. on may 17, 2013, this daughter, mother, and grandmother was killed in a senseless act of violence while she was doing her job. justice has not yet been served, but it's important that marie's life, not her death, define her legacy. while she may be gone, her legacy lives on through the lives she touched. and her husband visits her grave each and every day to keep the flowers fresh. while she has entered the kingdom of heaven, her legacy lives on. my legislation supported by the entire texas legislation commences that legacy in her honor. i cannot think of a more fitting
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way of honoring her life and i ask my colleagues to support naming the post office to this public servant who was taken from us far too soon. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i thank the gentleman from texas and we all likewise that justice will be served quickly and i thank him for his leadership and i urge adoption of this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5356. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. hice: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5798. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5798, a bill to designate the fa sit of the united states postal service located at 1101 davis street in evanston, illinois as the abner j. mikva post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, and the gentlewoman from district of columbia each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. hice: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . mr. hice: i rise in support of
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by 5798 introduced representative schakowsky to esignate the facility in evanston, illinois. he dedicated his life to public service and served in all three branches of the federal government, serving in the u.s. house of representatives, u.s. court of appeals for the district of columbia and white house as a counsel to president clinton sm i look forward to learn more from the sponsor of the bill, representative schakowsky. i urge members to support this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for such time. ms. norton: it gives me great pleasure to support h.r. 5798 to designate the a failt of the
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united states postal service loathed at 1101 davis street in evanston, illinois as the abner milk va post office building and i yield to the author of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized for such time as she may consume. ms. schakowsky: i'd like to thank all of my colleagues in the illinois delegation for co-sponsoring this legislation to name the post office for bner j. mikva. ab is, as my colleague mentioned, one of the few americans to hold the distinction in serving in all three branches of the federal government. you know, when abner mikva was a young man, he went to the office of a chicago ward committeeman asking to volunteer and his offer was
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rebuffed with the remark, we don't want nobody nobody sent. well, unswayed, abner mikva devoted his life to public service and to politics. abner mikva was born in 1926 in milwaukee. he enrolled in the army air corps in 1944, serving as a navigator in the army air corps during world war ii. in 1951 he received a law degree from the university of chicago, and after graduation served as a clerk to associate judge sherman minton on the supreme court. in 1956, abner mikva was elected to the illinois general assembly where he served for five consecutive terms. he was then elected to the united states house of representatives in 1968 where he represented the south side hyde park neighborhood of chicago, that's barack obama's neighborhood, and after redistricting in 1971, ab mikva
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moved to evanston. in 1974 he won the election to represent illinois' 10th congressional district which was based at that time in evanston, my hometown. abner mikva was elected in three consecutive elections to represent the people of evanston and the surrounding north shore communities in the united states house. his campaigns were notable for their involvement of thousands of young people in his robust grassroots election effort. 18-year-olds had recently been granted the constitutional right to vote and he recruited and enlisted many of them. and many of these young people became effective political organizers, transforming the nature of political campaigns over the last four decades. ab mikva was nominated in his third term as appointee to the u.s. court of appeals for the district of columbia where he
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served alongside jeurys clarence thomas, antonin scalia and ruth bader ginsburg. during his final four years on the d.c. court abner mikva served as chief judge. he was then selected by president clinton in 1994 to the white house counsel. after a year as white house counsel, abner mikva returned to chicago -- to the chicago area and taught at northwestern university in evanston. in 1997, abner mikva and his beloved wife and partner, zoe, started what they call the mikva challenge, his effort to engage young people in civic leadership. each year the mikva challenge engages 7,000 young people, students in programs across the chicagoland area. these are high school kids. students volunteer on campaigns of both parties, serve as election judges, intern in legislative offices and learn how to be effective advocates
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on issues they care the most about. in 2014, president obama recognized abner mikva's service to this country with the presidential medal of freedom, our highest civilian honor. when honoring ab mikva, president obama said, ab transcends any single moment in recent political history but he had a hand in shaping some of the best of it. and abner mikva said receiving the presidential medal of freedom from his friend, barack obama, was, quote, the greatest thing that ever happened to me. abner mikva remains a revered fighter in illinois and a favorite son of evanston, remembered for his enduring wit, humanity and the ongoing legacy of the mikva challenge. and let me just say personally that on july 4, 2016, while america lost a great patriot, i
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also lost a very precious friend and mentor and i am so happy that we are going to pay an appropriate tribute to his great memory and his legacy and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i thank the gentlelady and i'd like delegate norton to know i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close. ms. norton: i endorse the words of my good friend, ms. schakowsky, and urge the passage of this bill to honor the legacy of abner mikva and commemorate his exemplary life of public service across all branches of our federal government. urge the passage of h.r. 5798, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the district of columbia yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i also urge adoption of this bill, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time having expired on this bill the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5798. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from kansas asks for the yeas and nays. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this will be delayed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3957, the emergency citrus disease response act, as amended. mr. speaker, i ask for unanimous consent that -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar a bill 82, h.r. 3957, to -- a bill to amend the internal revenue code of 1986 expensing ly allow of certain costs of replanting citrus plants lost by reason of casualty. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, and a member opposed, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the entleman from florida.
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mr. buchanan: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. buchanan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. buchanan: this bill makes a slight change to the existing law that helps struggling farmers. plant, a trus bitter, hard, misshapened root will cause trees to die. the disease arrived in florida in 2005 and has since infected 99% of commercial citrus groves in my state as well as 50% of the groves in texas. green has began to march across the country and has been found in california, louisiana, south carolina and georgia. once infected trees must be uprooted and destroyed. replacing citrus trees is costly but farmers have no choice. they must replant in order to
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earn a living. this disease puts 62,000 citrus jobs, 62,000 citrus jobs at risk in my state alone. the tax code currently allows farmers to fully deduct the cost of replanting trees that are damaged by drought, drought-disease or pests. but the current rule has a significant limitation in order to get the deduction, the farmers must bear the cost of replanting the trees themselves. my bill would let farmers bring in investors to help underwrite replanting costs without losing the immediate deduction. and to ensure the farmer keeps working, my bill requires them to maintain a 50% interest in their groves in order to use this deduction. this commonsense limited change to an existing provision in the tax code has a broad bipartisan support. in fact, every member of the florida delegation, which is
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about 29 members, democrats and republicans alike, support this proposal. citrus growers in florida, texas, california have all come out in support of the bill for one simple reason -- nationwide nearly 20 million trees will need to be replaced due to reening. that concludes my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserves the balance of his time? mr. buchanan: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. levin: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. levin: there's no doubt the citrus industry is facing an emergency. a disease referred to as greening is rapidly spreading among citrus crops, including oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons and limes.
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to date, florida orange growers have been hard hit by this disease and have been forced to abandon more than 100,000 acres of groves. it takes about two years for the disease to fully manifest itself and therefore citrus crops in texas and california, also, are at risk. this bill would expand an exception that allows for immediate expensing of replanting costs when crops are destroyed by this disease. under current law, minority investors only are allowed to immediately expense costs incurred for replanting when, one, the grower who incurred the loss or damage keeps a more than 50% interest in the property and, second, the minority investor materially participates in the planting, maintenance, cultivation or development of the property.
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under this bill, minority investors also will be able to immediately expense costs incurred for replanting if, one, the grower has an equity interest of not less than 50% in the replanted citrus plants and the minority investor holds the remaining interest or, two, the minority investor inquires all of the -- acquires all of he land unless the citrus is relocated and the replanting is on such land. this bill would not require the minority investor to participate in the replanting and growing, thus, making to more appealing for investors. at a cost of $30 million over 10 years, this bill takes a modest step to help the citrus industry attract investors and much-needed capital to fight this devastating disease. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan
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reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. buchanan: we have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida has no further speakers, so the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. levin: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yields back. the gentleman from florida is recognized to close debate on this bill. buycks buycks friends, i urge -- mr. buchanan: friends, i urge you to approve this bill so they can use the existing provisions of the tax code in a more tight of ownership structure. without this change, we run the risk of losing tens of thousands of jobs, and with that i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. all time having now expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3957, as amended. hose in favor say aye. those in favor will say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is -- the gentleman from texas is recognized. recognized.
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>> mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5659, the esrd choice act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5659, a bill to amend title 18 of the social security act with respect to expanding medicare advantage coverage for individuals with end-stage renal disease, esrd. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from missouri, mr. smith, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from missouri. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 5659, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. . mr. speaker, i stand in support esrd choice act. the bipartisan legislation expands access to high quality affordable health care coverage options for americans suffering from serious kidney illness. esrd is the only pre-existing condition that explicitly patients from enrolling in medicare advantage. this bill removes the harmful federal restriction that has for too long blocked patients withes railroad from enrolling in
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medicare advantage plans. the question is why should kidney disease patients be denied a choice and all other medicare beneficiaries have. the short answer is, they shouldn't. these patients should have the same option. once this bill is passed and signed into law, my colleagues and i will be constantly watching the centers for medicare a medicaid services to make sure they fulfill their responsibility to properly risk adjust payment in a transparent manner. the bill requires a report of the effects of this legislation on risk adjustment and i will be watching to make sure they get it right. i recognize the hard work that went into this bill and thank mr. lewis, mr. bilirakis, mr. schrader and mr. marino and the ways and means and energy and commerce committee to remove the last pre-existing condition. the benefits of medicare
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advantage should be extended to all esrd patients. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. levin: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. levin: more than 80% of approximately 640,000 americans living with kidney failure or end stage reenal disease are covered under medicare. unfortunately those individuals who receive medicare coverage as a result of their esrd do not have access to managed care plans under the medicare advantage program. this bill would make a commonsense change and enable medicare beneficiaries with esrd to have the same choices as all other medicare beneficiaries. h.r. 5659 would help make sure
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esrd beneficiaries in medicare have access to the coordinated services flexibility and integrated care they need to fit their own individual needs. i want to thank my fellow colleague on the ways and means committee, mr. lewis from georgia, for his dedication and his hard work over the past years on this important bipartisan legislation. and i look forward to advancing swiftly to the president's desk to be signed into law. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentleman from missouri have additional speakers? mr. smith: i have no speakers. i reserve. mr. levin: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yields back. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: the legislation
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expands access to a program that has improved millions of lives. this is one of the bipartisan solutions americans deserve and these are the types of solutions i hope to continue working with the chairman and my colleagues in delivering as we work to improve our health care system. thousands of folks back home have contacted me with their support for this bill. you know what they tell me? they want a choice. i'm pleased the house is acting on our bill. increasing patients' options and control over their care. i urge my colleagues to support our bill. with that, i reserve. -- i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time having now expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5659 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, twrirds being in the affirmative
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-- the gentleman from michigan. mr. levin: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan has requested the yeas and nays. all those in favor of taking this vote will rise and remain standing until counted. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from kansas seek recognition? ms. jenkins: i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5613, continuing access to health care act of 2016. the clerk: a bill to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in small rural hospitals through 2016. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the
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gentlewoman from kansas and the gentleman from iowa each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from kansas. ms. jenkins: i request unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 5613 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. jenkins: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for such time. ms. jenkins: i rise today in support of h.r. 5613 the continuing access to hospitals act of 2016, policy this congress has passed unanimously in 2014 and 2015. every year across kansas hospitals in rural communities must wait to see if they will have to comply with a burdensome federal regulation that makes caring for patients more difficult while providing no additional benefits.
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back in january, 2014, the centers for medicare and medicaid services began enforcing a requirement that physicians must supervise outpatient services at small rural hospitals. this meant that routine outpatient therapeutic procedures such as the application of a splint to a finger or a demonstration of how nebulizer had to be supervised by a physician. congress passed an extension of that moratorium requirement in 2014 and 2015. here we are trying to give a little bit of certainty to this very important rule and critical access hospitals. there are over 1,300 critical access hospitals that serve rural americans in nearly every state and these facilities simply lack the resources to
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fulfill this burdensome mandate. before 2014, physicians at rural hospitals were not required to directly supervise these outpatient therapeutic services and asking them to do so now after unanimously passing identical extensions the past two years will only jeopardize access to care. thank you, mr. speaker. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from iowa is recognized. mr. lobiondo: mr. speaker, i yield -- mr. loebsack: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of h.r. 5613, the continuing access to hospitals act. i'm pleased the house is considering this bipartisan legislation, which i introduced with ms. jenkins from kansas. many of iowa's rural hospitals just like the rural hospitals in kansas and other parts of america are struggling in these economic times.
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i have made it a point to visit all of the hospitals in my district on many occasions and in almost every instance in order to hear from them about the issues they are facing and how i as their congressman can help. i have seen firsthand that rural hospitals are bedrocks of their communities, providing more than just high quality local access to health care. rural hospitals also stimulate the local community creating jobs in the hospital and in the larger community. without quality local health care, lives and communities are lost. one issue i consistently hear about is the centers for medicare and medicaid services rule strictly requiring supervision of outpatient services. the enforcement of this rule will cause rural hospitals to reduce services. that's why i was proud that last year the legislation that congresswoman jenkins and i introduced to continue the
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prohibition of c.m.s. to refuse to enforce the requirements was signed into law. that was in effect for 2015 as congresswoman jenkins pointed out. i'm committed to making sure this is also solved in 2016 as well as working towards a permanent fix to provide access to critical access hospitals not just in iowa but around the country. the services have been provided by licensed skilled professionals. under the overall direction of a physician and with the assurance of rapid assistance from a team of caregivers. and while there is some need for direct supervision for certain outpatient services that pose a gh risk or are very complex, c.m.s.'s applies to even the lowest risk services. this legislation will provide temporary relief that will go far in relieving the regulatory
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burden of direct supervision of outpatient services in rural hospitals. this legislation protects hospitals that were providing and are providing quality responsible care during the period in question. and i urge all of my colleagues to support this bill today. and i do want to thank congresswoman jenkins. we have worked together on this for a couple of years and it proves that if folks from both parties put their heads together and offer commonsense legislation we can get it passed and proves that we can help our local hospitals and folks who live in the rural hospitals that need access to those local hospitals. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from iowa reserves. the gentlewoman from kansas is recognized. ms. jenkins: i would like to the gentleman from nebraska, mr. smith, as much time as he shall consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognizeded. mr. smith: i rise in support of
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h.r. 5613 to once again delay enforcement of supervision requirements on critical access hospitals. it has become an annual ritual for us to pass legislation to block this arbitrary regulation which requires a physician to be present for most procedures no matter how basic. as a condition of participation in the critical access program, a facility must have 25 or fewer beds, be distant to the next closest hospital and have a physician on call within 30 minutes. the physicians who practice at these hospitals have a very strong understanding of what care can be safely provided in their critical access setting and should be transferred to a larger facility. c.m.s.'s effort to accommodate the concerns hasn't been to empower these professionals but create a limited list of procedures which can be done without a physician on site.
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i appreciate the chairman and sponsor from kansas working with me to incorporate language into this bill which requires medp arch c to report on the staffing of these regular layings on rural hospitals. based on discussions i have had with hospitals, i expect their findings will make a strong case for repealing this outright. i urge passage of this bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska yields back. the gentleman from iowa is recognized. mr. loebsack: i thank mr. smith. we came into congress at the same time and great we can work on this bill together. it is a commonsense bill. in iowa we have over 80 critical access hospitals. these are small hospitals, 25 or fewer beds. their resources are limited and thank you for supporting this bill. i appreciate it. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from iowa yields back. the gentlewoman from kansas is
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recognized to close debate. ms. jenkins: congressman loebsack and i worked together to introduce this measure in a bipartisan fashion and i do want to thank him for understanding this problem rule that doctors face and working with me to introduce this bill. i urge my colleagues to pass this bill unanimously and provide rural doctors with a little more certainty and take away the threat of unnecessary burden. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. all time having now expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5613 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the les are suspended -- mr. levin: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor of taking a vote by the
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yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. further proceedings on this vote will be postponeded. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5320, the social security must avert identity lost act of 2016, or the social security mail act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 544, h.r. 5320, a bill to restrict the inclusion of
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social security account numbers on documents sent by the social security administration, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. johnson, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and add ir remarks extraneous material on the bill currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. johnson: today i rise as chairman of the ways and means subcommittee on social security in support of the social curity must avert identity as act much 2016, as known
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the social security mail act. mr. i introduced with renacci. this tells americans how important it is to protect their social security numbers. time and time again, americans are warned to protect their social security cards in order to avoid identity theft. for years i've been calling for ending the use of social security numbers unless it's absolutely necessary. unfortunately, while some progress has been made, the social security administration still includes social security numbers on some documents it mails. just last year, social security nt out more than 233 million letters that included full social security numbers. his needs to stop and now. the bill requires social
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security to either remove social security numbers from mailings or explain why including a social security number is necessary. this commonsense legislation is supported by aarp and the association of mature american citizens. mr. speaker, i ask that their letters of support be inserted in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. johnson: americans rightly expect that the social security administration keeps their personal information safe. this bill makes sure social security doesn't include a social security number in documents it mails unless it's absolutely necessary. it's a commonsense solution to a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place. mr. speaker, i urge all members in the house to vote yes and pass the social security mail act today. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. levin: i yield myself such time as i may consume. this bill codifies current practice at the social security administration which is to remove social security numbers from its letters and notices in order to reduce the risk of identity theft. it's important to note that s.s.a. is ahead of the game on these efforts. it has not included social security numbers on statements since 2001. checks have not contained social security numbers since 2004. and the annual cola notice no longer contains full social security numbers. this bill before us also requires s.s.a. to report to congress twice each year for the next six years on its progress towards removing social security numbers from all mailed documents.
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i'm glad that s.s.a. has already taken important steps to protect americans' identities, and i commend s.s.a. for the high value it places on protecting americans' private information. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. renacci: thank you, mr. speaker, and thank you, mr. johnson, for your leadership on the social security subcommittee and for your leadership on this legislation. identity theft is an issue that's become all too prevalent in recent years. in fact, the federal trade commission received over 490,000 identity complaints in 2015. this represents a 47% increase compared to 2014. as a personal victim of identity theft, i understand the frustration, fear and sense
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of helplessness of having your identity stolen. i also understand the worry that victims have that someone ill use their identity to file other fraudulent claims. the federal government and federal agencies have a responsibility to carefully protect every americans' identifying information. that is why i was stunned to learn that the social security administration provided a full social security number on over 230 million documents that it sent out in 2015. this represents 66% of all mailings. the volume of documents that contain americans' full social security number puts americans unnecessarily at risk of having their identity stolen. in fact, in a recent report, the inspector general of the social security administration stated that the more social security numbers are unnecessarily used, the higher the probability they could be used inappropriately. this led to the inspector general to recommend that
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s.s.a. should take steps to remove social security numbers from documents and that the social security administration should be at the forefront of limiting the use of full social security numbers. our legislation helps a-- address this problem. this bill asks the social security administration to remove full social security numbers from mailings when they are simply not needed. to northeast ohioans, this is just common sense. also, this bill ensures congress provides the proper amount of oversight over the social security administration, require the administration to justify the continued use of full social security numbers on mailed documents. all americans should have the confidence in knowing that the social security administration is doing everything within its power to protect social security numbers. i urge all members to support this commonsense, bipartisan legislation. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. levin: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. johnson: having no other peakers, i'm prepared to close my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, again, i urge all members of the house to vote yes and pass the social security mail act today so the senate can take action soon and that the president can sign it into law without delay. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5320, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair -- 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman from kansas is recognized. does the gentleman from kansas request the yeas and nays? >> yes, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5946, the united states appreciation for paralympians act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of he bill. the clerk: h.r. 5946, to amend
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the internal revenue code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any prizes or awards won in competition in the olympic games or the paralympic games. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the gentleman from, mr. dold, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. dold: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on r. 5946, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dold: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dold: mr. speaker, every two years young men and women travel around the world to represent the united states at the olympic and paralympic games. these truly gifted athletes have dedicated their lives for training for the opportunity to compete on the world's greatest stage and represent our country . often with little financial
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help. the vast majority of these athletes do not have endorsement deals and sponsorships. instead, they often work full-time jobs while training or on full-time student basis like olivia, born in glenview, illinois, who won gold in the 4x100 medley relay while also studying at the university of georgia. over the years there have been a number of stories of athletes who struggled just to get by while training to represent our nation. olympians like sarah robles, who is the highest ranked u.s. weight lifter. she lived on near poverty with just under $400 a month. sarah continued to work on her training and in rio she stood the podium earning a bronze medal. up aralympic, he picked hunting to help pay for the
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rent. these are a couple of examples but they are indicative of the hardships and sacrifices faced by u.s. olympians as they train for the olympics. these men and women are the embodiment of the olympic spirit. upon their return from the games, our olympians are met with praise and admiration. however, for those who win a medal, they are meant with a tax bill from the i.r.s. not only do our olympians owe the federal government tax revenue based on the value of their olympic medal, but they also owe a cut of their prize winnings provided by the united states olympic committee. this tax on success, mr. speaker, is a disservice to the great athletes who compete for the united states. that's why i introduced with congressman blake farenthold the united states appreciation paralympians nd act. this eliminates the tax that the i.r.s. poses on olympic and paralympic winnings declaring
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any medal value or prize money that's awarded by the united states olympic committee to our medalists not be counted in gross income. under current law, there are a number of awards and prizes that are exempted from being counted as gross income by the i.r.s. which are similar to this very exemption. additionally, i know there are concerns that individual athletes who have acted in a manner that is unbecoming of the olympic spirit could benefit from this proposal. in those instances, there is precedent as recently as this year where the united states olympic committee determines that the athlete must forfeit receiving any prize winnings. this ensures that this tax exemption only applies to those athletes who uphold the olympic spirit and their ideals. finally, this bill includes a commonsense amendment offered during the committee markup by my good friend, mr. pascrell from new jersey, which makes sure that the proposal only applies to our olympic athletes with a gross income below $1
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million that year. our olympic and paralympic athletes deserve a catalyst of -- to bring this nation together every two years. please, i'm asking my colleagues to join me to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our olympians ians by supporting this piece of legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. levin: thank you, mr. speaker -- >> thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank mr. dold from illinois. he gives very thoughtful legislation. mr. pascrell: our olympic athletes have worked and trained tirelessly to represent the greatest country in the world on the world stage. they've won contests in athletics, they've won our hearts, they've won our minds. we know that time spent in
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training and in competitions requires enormous sacrifices, from the athletes and their families. we are proud of our olympians. i appreciate the spirit of this legislation, that we do not want to hit our athletes with a tax bill when they return home. that's a wonderful thank that -- thank you. and that is why i will support this legislation today. i am confident, i am very happy to support this legislation. it does include the amendment the sponsor of the bill just mentioned, it was put forth in the ways and means committee. to limit tax exclusion to those olympians making less than $1 million a year. look, some of these athletes win not only medals, they win ucrative endorsements. michael phelps is worth an estimated $50 million to $60
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million. the nba players like kevin durant make an estimated $56 million in one year. in fact, "forbes" reports that the 12 members of the u.s. basketball team earned a collective $257 million in salary and endorsements over the past year. god bless them. but a cash prize for winning a competition is income and there are many professions in the united states, and i think the sponsor would agree, that are valuable, that we do not exempt from income taxes. teaching children with special needs, taking care of conditionser -- cancer patients , taking care of our police and our firefighters. my colleague, john larson, introduced an amendment to allow volunteer firefighters to ex clute from taxes nominal benefits -- exclude from taxes nominal benefits they receive in their communities. these are ideas that merit our
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consideration. and there are many individuals worth honoring in our society. this legislation honors our olympic athletes while making sure our highest paid professional sports stars continue to pay their fair share. i reserve the balance of my time. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields back. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. dold: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to recognize my good friend from texas who also has done a lot of work preparing this legislation and i'm honored to yield five minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. farenthold. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. farenthold: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, our taxes in this country are too high and too complicated. we need a fairer, flatter, simpler tax system. but there's a lot of work to be done on that. i know my friend, the gentleman from illinois, in the ways and means committee, chairman brady
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from texas, are all working to -- working on that. we do have a situation where many of our olympic athletes work hard for years, some of whom are living at or below poverty, and then when they bring home the gold, silver or bronze to our country, they're tagged by the i.r.s. with very high taxes. his bill is a small step and a small way we can say thank you to those athletes for the hard work they put in to make us all proud as americans. i do think the bill does great service to our athletes. but it should also serve as a remind that are we need to be looking at the -- reminder that we need to be looking at the bigger tax system in this country as a whole. as my colleague on the other side of the aisle has said, there are many great people doing many great things in this country who suffer a very, very high tax burden. i pledge to work with my friends on the ways and means committee towards that end.
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but i am happy we're making this small step forward, something i've been fighting for several years. thank the committee for their hard work on it and look forward to joining hopefully all of my colleagues in voting yes for this. i'll yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: we have no more speakers. so, can i close? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pascrell: thank you, mr. speaker. look, some people say that we don't win anymore. i would like to remind those people that the united states won 105 total medals in rio. 38 of them were gold. to those who say america doesn't win anymore, we can cite many, many other examples, of course. our olympic athletes make us
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proud. ew jersey's own lori hernandez wooed us with her strength and agility in the gymnastics competition. rli lloyd and rower lauren shmeltlinger made new jersey proud, as did a track star. not to mention a former intern from my office, kaley watson, who competed for the u.s. virgin islands in the back stroke swimming competition. you can't make this stuff up. this is great. they're just a few of the incredible athletes who inspired us this summer in rio. and we should do all we can to honor these olympians with our gratitude and our admiration. this bill, and, again, i salute the sponsor, recognizes the tremendous sacrifice of time and resources in olympic
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athletic training, athletes training. while also preventing another tax cut for wealthy individuals who don't need it. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, i yield back the balance of my time. and i thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields back. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. dold: thank you, mr. speaker. again, i want to thank my good friend from new jersey, mr. pascrell, not only for his thoughtfulness in this bill, but actually his amendment, which i think strengthens the bill, is a commonsense piece of legislation. mr. speaker, millions of young people around the world look at the olympic games and dream of someday becoming an olympic athlete, of representing their nation. we're extremely proud of our olympians and our paralympians and frankly we want to reward them for the hard work and the sacrifice that they have put in day in and day out. this piece of legislation, again, i think goes one step in
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that direction. while still preventing those, again, this is not a bill to reward the kevin durants of the world or the michael phelpses of the world but it is a bill to say to our olympians, thank you for representing our country so well, thank you for putting in the time, the effort and the energy to train as hard as you are, to do so well on the world stage. so i want to thank linda sanchez and mike thompson who also were co-sponsors of this legislation. i sincerely hope that we can get colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5946, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, -- mr. speaker, i ask for the
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yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is recognized and he asks for the yeas and nays. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition?
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the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5713, a bill to provide for the extension of certain long-term care hospital medicare payment rules, clarify the application of rules on the calculation of hospital length of stay to certain moratorium expected long-term care hospitals and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. tiberi, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pass screll, each will control 20 -- pascrell, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. tiberi: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 5713 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tiberi: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill provides needed regulatory relief for our hospitals. specifically long-term care hospitals. i'm happy that the ways and means committee has come together in a bipartisan effort on this bill. i want to thank my colleague and dear friend from the garden
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state, bill pascrell, for co-sponsoring this bill with me today. h.r. 5713, the sustaining health care integrity and fair shcift act, or the hospitals the rule. the rule which has been delayed for 10 years allows no more than 25% of pashtes to come from one -- patients to come from one in-patient acute care hospital in a quarter. my bill will reinstate the 50% threshold that was in effect prior to july 1 of 2016 and delay the rule for nine months. during a time when patients and health care providers are facing increasing burdens and higher costs, i'm pleased that we could come to an agreement that will help over 400 hospitals across america. this bill will also provide
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relief for four specific groups highly x that treat unique groups of parents. i'm glad to work with a number of my colleagues to incorporate their bills within this bill, including mr. buchanan and mr. pascrell's bill, h.r. 5650, mr. -- 4650, mr. jason smith's bill, h.r. 5559, mr. crowley's bill, h.r. 5614, dr. price and mr. lewis' bill, h.r. 5688, and nally mr. levin's bill, h.r. 5723. this act also allows the medicare, medicaid and children's health insurance program to limit reimbursement for providers or suppliers who may be exploiting program integrity loopholes and engaging in waste, fraud and abuse. this will prevent taxpayer dollars from going to bad actors. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pass screll, is recognized. -- mr. pascrell, is recognized. mr. pascrell: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm proud to introduce h.r. 13 with from tiberi, the sustaining health care integrity and fair treatment act. this is good legislation. not because my name's on it, but because i thought a lot of thought came into this and staff hem hepped tremendously -- and staff helped tremendously. this is one of the areas i tried to concentrate on since being in the congress, long-term acute care. as the co-founder and co-chair of the congressional brain injury task force, i understand the important role that long-term care hospitals play in the recovery of many individuals. who suffer moderate to severe
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traumatic brain injuries or t.b.i.'s. i use this as one example. the area of t.b.i. if there's one thing i've learned about t.b.i. in the 18 years i've been working on this issue, it's that recovery looks different for everyone. whether you're on battlefield or you fall off a ladder trying to fix your roof. so this -- i understand the important role that long-term care hospitals play. i want to repeat that. that is why we must, i believe, reserve access to all post-acute care options, so patients can receive the individualized care they need and we don't tell them, get out because your time is up in the middle of their treatment. that is what mr. tiberi from ohio has talked about many times, this is the right
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legislation, i believe. for this particular problem. h.r. 5713 would provide an individual an additional nine months of relief, from the full implementation of the 25% rule for long-term care hospitals which mr. tiberi mentioned. . this bill includes technical changes for long-term hospitals. h.r. 5713 would first clarify the application of rules on the calculation of the hospital to certain moratorium accepted in the long-term care hospitals. it ond, would correct the status of calvary hospital in new york city, that has led to secondary ayer issues, big issues. third, it would provide a temporary exception to the
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medicare long-term care hospital site neutral provisions for certain spinal cord specialty hospitals. and fourth, it would exempt four payment codes for severe wounds from site and neutral payments. and this is a bipartisan piece of legislation. we can do this. we can do it without exception if you put people in the room that want to compromise, that don't know all the answers, and i don't. we could come to a conclusion. this bill would offset the cost of this extension by implementing an important program integrity policy that would allow the secretary to reject medicare claims from new medicare suppliers and providers just outside the moratorium areas. while this bill is an important step forward, it's just a
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temporary band-aid on the 5% rule, mr.ty bairey. i don't believe -- mr. tiberi. i don't believe it's a permanent solution but it helps us. we need to work together to find a long-term solution to the issue. i urge my colleagues to support this bill before us today, and i reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. tiberi: mr. speaker, i don't think we have any more speakers. i'll reserve the balance of my time and ready to close if ou'd like. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pascrell: mr. speaker, long-term hospitals are an important part of our postacute care system. this bill will help preserve access, maintain fairness for these hospitals and their patients. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5713 and it's my hope that this bill is taken up
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expeditiously on the other side of the bill in the senate. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. tiberi: well, thank you, mr. speaker, for allowing me the opportunity to present this bill today, this bipartisan bill that came out of the ways and means committee. i can't add much to what mr. pascrell said, and i really appreciate his leadership not only on this issue but on the issue of traumatic brain injury. there's nobody in the congress that's spent more time in educating folks in trying to come up with solutions to traumatic brain injury, and i appreciate his leadership and want to thank you, mr. speaker, for allowing us to advance this health care package through the process today. i would ask all my colleagues to vote for it. we must help those beneficiaries that suffer from accuse, long-term illness and injuries and i believe this bill will do just that. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the
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bill h.r. 5713, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman from kansas is recognized. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2285, the prevent trafficking in cultural property act, as amended, and recommended by the committee on ways and means. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 593, h.r. 2285, a bill to improve enforcement against trafficking and cultural property and prevent stolen or illicit cultural property from financing terrorists and criminal networks and for other urposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. roskam, and mr. keating each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois.
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mr. roskam: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 2285 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roskam: mr. speaker, mr. keating from massachusetts has done a good work here, and we are deeply appreciative and i think all americans are when they learn about what is in this piece of legislation. it enjoys broad bipartisan support, and i'm here to urge its passage. let me tell you briefly about it. the prevent trafficking in cultural property act is a key component in the fight against terrorism. this bill will allow us to launch a strategic blow on isis by cutting off one of their main fundraising sources. isis and their network loot and smuggle artifacts from world heritage sites and sell them on the black market to fund their terrorist activities. we can and we must put an end to this. the department of homeland security's responsible for detecting and collecting stolen
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artifacts in the u.s., but illegal trade of valuable artifacts continues to grow and much more needs to be done to address this very serious problem. that's where mr. keating and this bill comes into play. this bill creates a clear u.s. policy to stop and prevent the trafficking of historic artifacts by providing the u.s. government with the tools it needs to effectively detain, seize and investigate historic objects that are illegally imported in the u.s. because isis relies heavily on cash to carry out its terrorist activities, passing this bill is an important step in taking down a group that has caused so much harm, so much heartache and so much anxiety to americans, our allies and innocent civilians around the world. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. rokita: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise -- mr. keating thank you, mr. speaker. rise in support of h.r. 2285
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and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keating: i want to thank mr. roskam for his strong support in trying to eradicate a major funding source for a terrorist group that's causing great destruction all over the world now in isil, and i rise in support of h.r. 2285. it's a bill to prevent stolen and illicit cultural property from financing criminal networks and improve enforcement and prosecution against trafficking in cultural property. mr. speaker, h.r. 2285, the prevent trafficking in cultural property act, is a bipartisan bill, aimed at stopping isil and other terrorist groups from advancing their activities rough the sale of stolen antiquities and other property. along with oil and hostage-taking, this is one of the leading sources of their
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terrorist financing. to date, isil has reportedly plundered tens of millions of dollars from antiquities stolen in syria alone. in just one four-month period at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, isil earned more than $265,000 in what they term taxes on the sale of antiquities and i was struck by the intelligence indicating isil had stolen $36 million from one site alone west of damascus. as a member of the homeland security committee, we work with customs and border patrol and immigration and customs enforcement officials and we learned there was a gap in enforcement of laws and regulations against trafficking in cultural property and there was a real need to require greater information sharing across agencies and to better equip personnel to identify stolen antiquities in
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trafficking networks. this bill closes this gap by expanding training for personnel, by enhancing coordination between customs and border protection and immigration and customs enforcement. h.r. 2285 also increases cooperation with agencies outside the department of homeland security, authorizing memorandums of understanding with groups like the smithsonian institute to promote collaboration around cultural property, protection activities and training our personnel to spot these illegal acts. isil forces have been terrorizing communities across the middle east, targeting ethnic and religious minorities with acts of enslavement and genocide. their attacks have been directed not only against people but against ancient historic sites, works of arts, objects, monuments and buildings as isil has worked to destroy all evidence of the
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region's rich, cultural, historic and religious identity. what isil does not destroy it sells to generate income for their terrorist acts. this legislation would help cut off an important revenue stream for isil and by working close with illicit antiquities market in the united states would ultimately reduce the incentives in iraq and syria to loot and steal antiquities in the first place. we must act to disrupt these smuggling and trafficking networks so isil may not profit from the destruction of the cultural and heritage backgrounds of this region so that the remaining treasured cultural and historic sites throughout syria and iraq will live on. i urge my colleagues to join me in support of this legislation, and i yield such time as he may consume to the ranking member of foreign affairs, mr. engel of new york.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is so recognized. mr. engel: i thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank mr. keating for yielding to me. he is a very valued member of the foreign affairs committee and once again, he's doing excellent work with this bill. mr. roskam as well. i'm proud to be an original co-sponsor of this bill. i'm grateful for the work that mr. keating has done to shine a light on the challenge of antiquities looting. we hear stories of terrorist sites smashing staff use and it's heartbreaking they're trying to wipe away history. we hear people say, well, this is bad, but shouldn't we focus on stopping violence and killing? well, make no mistake, these practices go hand in hand. it's not a matter of choosing one over the other. before isis extremists pull varize staff use and temples, they sell items on the black market. i have a bill, a law, actually, that's been passed involving these antiquities in syria. this is a funding source for their campaign of terror, so by
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confronting the problem, we're working to cut off the valuable resource for isis, so as i mention, i'm proud earlier this year the president signed a law that i authored to impose new import restrictions on tan wick wits, looters from syria during the current confrict. mr. keating, mr. roskam's measure goes a step further to provide the training needed to enforce the protections we've put in place. the new restrictions are similar to what we have imposed for iraq a number of years ago. they design to undermine the market for looted antiquities and ensure that antiquities sold by terrorist organizations don't find their way to our shores. before these restrictions can do their job, however, law enforcement needs tools and training to identify stolen antiquities so they don't slip through our ports. mr. keating's legislation will help make sure customs and border protection and immigration and customs enforcement officers are able to intercept and investigate cultural property illegally
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imported into the united states. it will make it easier for them trafficking he trafficking networks responsible for this trafficking, and it expresses support for the u.s. attorneys we depend on for prosecuting these cases. this is not a new job for these officers. for years they've worked to prevent trafficking in illegal antiquities but the jobs are harder than ever. this bill will get them the legal tools and training they need to get that job done. so mr. speaker, we need every tool at our disposal to deny isis funding and resources. that's what we're doing when we focus on antiquities looting. at the same time we're working to preserve cultural heritage that's increasingly under threat. so i thank mr. keating for his leadership and hard work. i thank him for bringing the bill forward. i'm very pleased to support it, and i urge all members to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. roskam: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close once mr.
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keating yields back. mr. keating: i'm prepared to close. i just want to thank the gentleman from illinois, mr. roskam, for his support in this. i want to thank the 19 co-sponsors of this legislation, including the gentleman from new york who just spoke and who's the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, mr. engel, and the gentleman from texas, who's the chair of the homeland security committee, mr. mccaul. having no more speakers, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. roskam: mr. speaker, just quickly, i think our constituents are really heartened when they see both parties coming together to work on things of national importance. without question, h.r. 2285 is in that category. it is a tool that we need to combat isis, and i commend mr. keating and i urge its passage and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2285, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, -- the gentleman from kansas is ecognized. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. roskam: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the ules and pass h.r. 5523, the collide hirsch sowers respect act -- clyde-hirsch-sowers respect act as amended. the clerk: union calendar number 566, h.r. 5523, a bill to amend title 31 united states code to prohibit the internal revenue service from carrying out seizures relating to a structuring transaction, unless the property to be seetsed derived from an il-- seized derived from an illegal source or the funds were structured for the pirp of concealing -- purpose of concealing a violation of criminal law. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. roskam, and the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from illinois. mr. roskam: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 5523 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roskam: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roskam: mr. speaker, this afternoon the gentleman from new york and i are going to tell you a fascinating story. and it's a story that when we tell it to our constituentses at home, there is such a level of concern about what they've heard has happened that it really gets their attention and there is good news, the ways and means committee and others have come along and tried to come up with a remedy, so here's what's been going on. for the past two years, the ways and means oversight subcommittee has been investigating how the i.r.s. has abused its civil asset
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forfeiture authority. we heard from numerous people about the -- how the i.r.s. seized their life savings with no notice, simply because they deposited their own money into their own bank accounts in amounts of less than $10,000. you heard that right. their own money into their own bank accounts with no underlying bad act and the i.r.s. came in and seized their assets with no notice. it was so outrageous and so egregious in some of these cases, mr. speaker, that the commissioner of the internal revenue service actually apologized to some of these people. now, getting an apology out of the i.r.s. commissioner was like birthing a calf, but we got the apology from him and we've been able to move forward. subsequent to that the internal revenue service has changed their policy which is ok, it's a good step, but we've got to go farther and we need to change the underlying statute. now, here's the back story. most people don't know that the
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law requires deposits of more than $10,000 to be reported to the government. the not a bad policy and the in place in case there's a -- and there's a ce in case human trafficking or a meth lab trying to get around bank secrecy acts. others don't know that the actually illegal to intentionally avoid that reporting requirement. two maryland farming families, the sowers and the tailers, went through this -- taylors went through, went through this or -- taylors, went through this ordeal. bank tellers told them it would be helpful if they deposited all the cash they earned from selling farmers market products in amounts less than $10,000. so, mr. speaker, in other words, bank teller says, look, it's a big hassle when you come in here with more than $10,000, it would be much easier if you come in with less than $10,000 because we, the bank, won't have to make a report. the sowers and the taylors,
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nicest people ever, said, sure. well, that's where the trouble began. as they requested, they kept their deposits under $10,000 to help out the tellers. like weis, the hirsch brothers in new york who -- likewise, the hirsch brothers in new york who own a convenient store distributorship, they do a lot of cash business, and because they made large cash deposits at their bank, the government seized their savings of $400,000. or andrew clyde who owns an armory down in athens, georgia, has a similar story. his store's insurance policy only covers up to $10,000 in cash losses, so he does what any commonsense clear-thinking person would do, that is, take less than $10,000 to the bank because more than $10,000 wouldn't be covered by his own insurance policy. now, even after the i.r.s. had seized these accounts and, mr. speaker, the i.r.s. realized that there was no criminal
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activity attached to these funds, in other words, they realized, this is not what this law is all about, the i.r.s. kept the money. and people like the families that i just mentioned spent time and resources trying to get them back. and some of them, like mr. clyde and the taylors, are still fighting today. mr. speaker, the entire subcommittee, both sides of the aisle, was scandalized to learn about this. and it began to say, number one, how can this be? and number two, what can we do about it? mr. crowley, my friend from new york, and i thought it was a good step that the i.r.s. change their policy. but we think an even better step is to pass this underlying bill. what the bill does is it says that the i.r.s. would only be able to seize structured assets if they're used to conceal another crime or they're derived from an illegal source.
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and it would also give procedural protections, like the right to a speedy hearing, to people from whom the i.r.s. seizes money. finally, if the government ultimately gives assets and interest back when challenged, our bill would exempt that interest from federal income tax, it serves to help right the wrong if only in a small way for money being improperly taken in the first place. unfortunately the bill comes up too late to keep the clydes and the sowers, the hirsches and the taylors from dealing with this problem. but they have done all americans and this body a service by standing up and being willing to tell their stories so that we can respond. we cannot let the i.r.s. abuse this discretion and abuse this power. and i'm pleased that the overwhelming and in fact the unanimous ways and means committee has supported this. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. crowley: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. crowley: mr. speaker, first let me thank my good friend an colleague from illinois, mr. oskam, good work on this issue . tenacity does pay off. you really have kept your nose to the grindstone on this -- i don't want you to get a bad reputation for working with me on so many issues. want to point that out for the record. today a good day for american taxpayers -- today is a good day for american taxpayers as hopefully the house of representatives will soon pass this act to enact vital reforms to the federal government's civil asset forfeiture process. civil asset forify fewer ture is an important -- forfeiture is an important tool for the i.r.s. and other federal agencies. they use it to go after ill-gotten funds from -- tunds from drug dealers, -- funds from drug dealers, human trafficers, terrorists and other criminals.
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this bill will not weaken that vital law enforcement tool one bit. this legislation will codify into law much-needed reforms to the process, to stop abusive asset forfeitures. abusive seizure yous such as the ability of the government to take a person's bank account without ever charging them with a crime. the oversight committee on the ways and means -- the oversight subcommittee on the ways and means committee under the guidance of our chairman, mr. roskam, undertook a pain staking 17-month investigation. i think this is a good example of the committee process and how we can work functionally, unlike what we've seen with other committees here in the house. this investigation included holding a series of congressional hearings, meeting with officials from a number of federal agencies, and continually keeping the pressure on the i.r.s. to proactively reach out and return any assets seized from
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people who were never charged with any crimes, in particular, mr. speaker, hearing from the victims themselves was incredibly moving and touching, i think, to both members of both sides of the aisle. these actions culminated in this bipartisan legislation that passed the ways and means committee unanimously. this bill, the clyde-hirsch-sowers respect act, aims to take what we have learned and fix the system to prevent the seizure of bank accounts of law-abiding citizens. specifically this legislation prohibits the i.r.s. from taking any assets related to structuring unless the funds are from an illegal source or the funds were structured to conceal other criminal activity. additionally, to provide due process to affected taxpayers, the bill requires the i.r.s. to notify an account holder of a seizure within 30 days of that
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seizure. once an account is seized, the bill allows the person whose assets were seized to seek a post-seizure hearing within 30 days. even that can be onerous, but it's a start. we know that those engaged in illegal actions will usually not contest the seizure, they won't go to the agency and contest it, but for those who committed no crimes, this bill in many respects levels the playing field. but the passage of this bill isn't the last part of this fight. i know my colleague, mr. roskam, and i will continue to keep pressure on the federal government to quick -- to quickly return the assets of those innocent taxpayers, not charged with any crimes, whose assets are still being held by the federal government. i look forward to the passage of this legislation in correcting a wrong in the law that exists, to help
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law-abiding citizens hold on to their hard-earned resources. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. roskam: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank mr. crowley for his work, his advocacy, his willingness to make suggestions to improve this bill, and -- so we could enjoy unanimous support. we're in a very good situation on it. let me just give you a little bit more color commentary if i could. because i think it's important for us to recognize the role that we in the house play as a co-equal branch of government, pushing back on abuse when we see it in the executive branch. this is part of our experience. here's the back story. it occurred to us, mr. speaker, that these were certain cases, and i mentioned them a minute ago, i gave the names of these individuals a minute ago, who we had come to learn about. the i.r.s. then subsequently
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changed their policy, but then it begs the question, what happens to the people, number up one, that we don't know -- number one, who thank we don't know about, -- that we don't know about, who are still stuck in this system. the i.r.s. says, we're not doing this moving forward, what about the people they had do done -- done this too, in other words, they had assets they had confiscated? so we had another hearing, again, bipartisan, the result of that hearing, a result of a unanimous voice on the subcommittee itself, was that the i.r.s. said, we're going to come up with a petition process, the i.r.s. has written to 1,100 people involving approximately 700 cases and they've heard back from 3 0 people so -- 380 people so far that have said, you have wrongly taken this money. now, mr. speaker, i just want to tell you a quick story. it was a few months ago, i don't remember the exact date, but it was a few months ago when i asked for a briefing from the department of justice
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and the internal revenue . rvice on these pending cases anthought, mr. speaker, based on these hearings and so forth, that the meeting at my request was going to take 10 minutes long and that the officials were going to come in and my question was, what's happening to the people who are caught in the middle of this? and i thought they were going to come in and they'd say, you know, mr. roskam, here's a list or whatever, we can't give you a list, but here's all disposed of. no, no, no, an hour and a half later, at the end of this discussion, i turn to the department of justice officials, mr. speaker, and i said this i said, i am more afraid of you now than when i started this meeting. you want to know why i'm afraid of you? because you're acting in a completely on use it manner. when i asked, what happened to these people's money, the officials told me, mr. speaker, that the money had been absorbed into the federal system. let me repeat that. they said that the money had

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